Teaching Faculty

Our teaching faculty is comprised of dedicated, talented, and caring educators. Each of our Lead Teachers holds a Montessori Certification and a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, with many holding advanced degrees. As master teachers, the Montessori Children’s House teaching faculty serve as mentors for student teachers, lecturers and advisors for the Seton Montessori Institute teacher certification programs.

Parent Child Program

Loreto Wille, is our beloved Parent-Child teacher who has been Ms. Loretoworking with children in Montessori settings for over thirty five years. First as a Montessori Directress in the Early Childhood 3-6 class, then in the programs for children ages 0 – 3.  She is a faculty member of the Seton Montessori Institute Teacher Education Program. Loreto has a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from National Louis University and her Montessori Credentials for working with Infants and Toddlers as well as Early Childhood and Elementary students. She enjoys going to movies with friends and traveling. She is married and has two sons, and two grandchildren.

 

Toddler Program
MarthaMartha Montoya has been working at MCHNB for over 12 years and is presently the Lead Teacher for the Toddler Program in the morning and C-teacher in the Preprimary Programs in the afternoon and conducts the Spanish Program. Her interest in becoming a Montessori teacher evolved as a result of having her own two daughters attend MCHNB.  She is AMS certified in both Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood levels. Martha feels that the best part of working with children is that they are always full of life and continuously willing to explore and learn. She enjoys observing all the wonderful changes in each child over the course of the year. In her spare time Martha enjoys walking, biking, gardening, volunteering at her church and spending time with her two daughters.

 

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Sheryl Temple serves as Lead Teacher in the Toddler Program for the afternoon and is a Teacher Assistant/Intern  for the AM Half Day Preprimary Program.  Born and raised in the Philippines, Sheryl moved to the United States to study Montessori at Seton Institute.  She believes that the spirit of the child is the creator of the quality of men and women we are today. Our perfections as adults are results of the efforts of the child.  Sheryl holds a B.S. in Psychology and has completed much of her course work towards her MA in Education.  Sheryl is AMS certified in Infant-Toddler and is currently working towards gaining her Early Childhood AMS certification through Seton Montessori  Institute. Her insatiable appetite for new cultures keeps her interested in art, film, food and travel.

 

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Callie Morris is an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Program.  She has an Associates degree in Art from Harper College and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Callie has a special interest in photography and film.  She looks forward to photographing other cultures as she travels the world and shares what she learns with others. Callie loves nature, taking walks in forest preserves, yoga, reading and watching films.

 

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Tamera Skeans is an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Program. She has an AAS degree in Early Care and Education and has worked with preschoolers for over seven years. She believes that each child should be respected for the unique individual they are. She also realizes what a privilege it is to help lay the foundation for young children’s education. Tamera and her husband have two daughters who are attending college in Missouri. Tamera enjoys traveling, reading and volunteering with animal rescues.

PREPRIMARY PROGRAMS
Rukmal Wanigasinghe serves as the Site Coordinator of MCHNB and Lead Teacher in the AM Half Day and Extended Day Program. She has been with MCHNB for over 20 years. Rukmal spent her childhood and early adult life in her birthplace, Sri Lanka, as well as Nigeria, England, and Sudan, migrating to the United States in 1991. Living and working in different cultural settings has given her valuable experience which she finds extremely beneficial to her current work environment. Rukmal received her Montessori Early Childhood and Elementary Education Diplomas from the Montessori Center International in London, England and her Early Childhood certification through Seton Montessori Institute. Rukmal and her husband, Sudewa, have a son who is a MCHNB alumnus and currently a senior at Knox College. She enjoys meditating, doing community service, reading, cooking and traveling. Rukmal receives great satisfaction in being able to nurture and support the development of initiative, creativity, independence, inner-discipline, and self-confidence in children within the Montessori environment.

 

MartaMarta Czaja is the Co-Teacher for the AM Half Day and Extended Day Program and has been with MCHNB for over 12 years. Marta was born in the small town of Strzyzow in Poland. She has completed her AMS Early Childhood (ages 3-6) certification and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Pedagogy from the University of Rzeszow in Poland. She also works as a Foreign Language teacher at F. Chopin Polish School in Buffalo Grove IL where she teaches grades 1-6 on the weekends. Marta says her most favorite part of working with young children is witnessing their endless curiosity about the world they live in. Marta finds great joy in being a part of the lives of the children she works with. Marta and her husband have one son currently in High School, and in her leisure time she enjoys reading, taking walks and traveling.

 

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Martha Montoya has been working at MCHNB for over 12 years and is presently the Lead Teacher for the Toddler Program in the morning and C-teacher in the Preprimary Programs in the afternoon and conducts the Spanish Program. Her interest in becoming a Montessori teacher evolved as a result of having her own two daughters attend MCHNB.  She is AMS certified in both Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood levels. Martha feels that the best part of working with children is that they are always full of life and continuously willing to explore and learn. She enjoys observing all the wonderful changes in each child over the course of the year. In her spare time Martha enjoys walking, biking, gardening, volunteering at her church and spending time with her two daughters.

 

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Sheryl Temple serves as Lead Teacher in the Toddler Program for the afternoon and is a Teacher Assistant/Intern  for the AM Half Day Preprimary Program.  Born and raised in the Philippines, Sheryl moved to the United States to study Montessori at Seton Institute.  She believes that the spirit of the child is the creator of the quality of men and women we are today. Our perfections as adults are results of the efforts of the child.  Sheryl holds a B.S. in Psychology and has completed much of her course work towards her MA in Education.  Sheryl is AMS certified in Infant-Toddler and is currently working towards gaining her Early Childhood AMS certification through Seton Montessori  Institute. Her insatiable appetite for new cultures keeps her interested in art, film, food and travel.

 

 

“The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.”

 

Maria Montessori

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